‘Thriller’ is a huge genre within the media and hundreds of thriller films have been produced over the years. Using the internet, I was able to research the vast collection and have decided to look at a small sample of these in detail to extend my understanding of the genre and to provide me with inspiration for my own project.Screen shots fromresearch on thrillerfilms done on theinternet.
The Woman In Black Pathetic Fallacy: The dark stormy sky creates an intense, dark atmosphere which is very reflective of the thriller genre.Shot types: The BCU shotof this character’s facemakes the emotion much Misé en scene: The eeriemore obvious and allows us house in the distance isto see his expression close surrounded by mist andup, which is a common almost appears as if it is beingfeature of thrillers as it lets swallowed up by the blackus see the character’s clouds. This emphasises thefear, anger, determination isolation of the building andetc. makes it seem much more scary which is a typical convention of the genre. Colours: The colours Font: The ‘creepy’ font fits used (blacks, greys in well with the thriller and sepia tones) are genre and the choice of very dark and are the pearly white colour commonly associated gives it a ‘ghostly’ feel with which emphasises this fear, evil, negativity point even further. etc. which are typical themes of thrillers.
Typical convention of thriller: lawyers are renowned for being ‘tough’ and almost ‘aggressive’ which makes them a strong character type and this is common of the protagonist in a thriller.Typical convention of thriller:the ‘hero’ character has an Typical convention of thriller: the setting hasAchilles heel/ weakness. an unusual quality (in this case remoteness). Plot: A young widowed lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. Typical convention of thriller: ‘scary’ elements of the story. Not a typical convention of thriller: Typically the antagonist character would be played by a male so it is unusual that the writer has chosen a woman for this role.
Stereotypically a weak character This colour is commonly associated with type which makes the audience darkness, fear, evil etc. and this therefore makes curious as to why they have the genre of the film quite obvious and sets up an chosen a female. expectation for the audience. The Woman In Black Using the words ‘The Woman’ to describe this character makes her unidentifiable andThe title gives the audience nameless. The audience willclues about the storyline as immediately feel uneasy andit relates to obvious disconnected from thisthemes such as character before evendeath, mourning, grieving watching the film as theyetc. cannot relate to her in any way.
Black Swan Costume: The woman wears a very grand tiara/crown and this is a clear symbol of power which suggests that she may be an unconventional character in the film. Misé en scene: The fact thatShot types: The CU shotof this character’s face the headshot of this woman ismakes the emotion much the only think in the frame ismore obvious and allows quite important. It shows theus to see the prominent audience that there is nomadness in her eyes conflict with an outside partywhich makes the image so therefore suggests that themore relevant to the conflict must be an emotionalgenre. or mental one which introduces the idea of a psychological thriller. Colours: The image is prominently white with highlights of Font: The font is very darkness such as the simple, subtle and classy heavy black eye yet completely stands out makeup. This could as it has been written in suggest a battle black on a white between good and background. The font evil which is therefore appears to conventional of the reflect the film title as it is thriller genre. written in black in a style which is elegant like a swan.
Not a typical convention ofthriller: the ‘hero’ characterusually has a ‘hard man’persona and it is unusual for Typical convention of thriller: mentalthis role to be played by a breakdown is a common theme particularlydelicate female. found in psychological thrillers.Plot:A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect forthe role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - butslowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more likeOdile, the Black Swan. Typical convention of thriller: there are two clear opposing sides (the black swan and the white swan) representing a rivalry between good and evil and this is something commonly found in a thriller.
A swan is a very elegant, peaceful creature which makes it an unusualThis colour is element to include in a thriller film.commonlyassociated withdarkness, fear,evil etc. andthis thereforemakes the Black Swangenre of thefilm quiteobvious andsets up anexpectationfor theaudience. The title introduces an immediate contrast which is commonly found in a thriller as a popular theme is the rivalry of good vs. evil.
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Composition: The black section Shot types: The BCU shot of this characters’ faces makes splitting the page down the middle the emotion much more obvious and allows us to see their creates a clear divide in the two expressions close up, which is a common feature of thrillers halves and suggests a conflict as it lets us see the character’s fear, anger, determination between the two characters. The etc. fact that both characters are wearing glasses is interesting as one has tinted lenses and the other has clear lenses. This shows a contrast in the two of them andColours: The colours used in highlights which is the protagonistthe bottom half (fiery colours and which is the antagonist.such as yellow and red)suggest action which is astandard convention of athriller film and in contrast tothis the colours in the tophalf (greens and blues)suggest technology/science Font: The bold, strong font iswhich can be a feature of the representative of power andthriller genre though this is action which links in well withslightly less commonly the genre. The streaky effectfound. also could be giving the audience clues about the plot as it suggests high speed.
Typical convention of thriller: Exciting settings like this busy city are a classic convention of the thriller genre.Typical convention of thriller: acommon element of the thriller is Typical convention of thriller: introducesweaponry as this supports the violent the element of danger to the story due totheme. the high speed of the train. Plot: Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for a ransom, and turning an ordinary days work for dispatcher Walter Garber into a face-off with the mastermind behind the crime. Typical convention of thriller: adds danger and fear to the Typical convention of thriller: conflict between story which are classic themes two opposing sides (i.e. good and evil) is a within the genre. common feature of the thriller genre.
Forceful act: ‘taking’ suggests that it was not allowed to happen with Numbers could suggest repetition or a permission and this breaking of countdown etc. which provides clues about rules introduces an ‘evil’ the plot of the film. organisation/team. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3The title gives the audienceclues about the storyline as Including numbers in the film titles isit indicates what the aim of confusing for the audience as it doesn’t makethe antagonists is. any particular sense. This however is effective as it leads them to question what the title means and encourages them to watch the film in order to find out.